PRODUCTION LIST

With over 25 productions from all over the world there is a variety to offer young audiences of all ages. Click on the titles below to see more information. 

*Information below is subject to change

 

FAMILY & SCHOOL BOOKINGS PROGRAMME


Babah (South Africa)

Let baby meet African animals, hear African sounds and even see, feel and smell a beautiful African sunrise. Babah is a theatre performance for babies aged 4 to 12 months and their caregivers.

 This multisensory experience will capture the imagination of the little ones according to their own developmental milestones. With this very first theatre encounter, the babies’ reactions reveal an everlasting truth: theatre is important for all ages.

Performed in a tent with limited space.

* 12 babies capacity 

 * One caregiver in the tent with baby.

* 12 observer tickets outside the tent

Find trailer here

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PuppeTrix

Direction

Schoemé Grobler

Composer

Hilletje Moller Bashew

Performance

Nompumelelo Mtshali

Schoemé Grobler

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre

Studio Rehearsal Room

Wednesday 21 August

10H00

11H30

Thursday 22 August

10H00

Recommended Age
Family- Babies 4-12 months and their caregivers.

Duration: 30 minutes

Language: Non-verbal, Communication with caregivers can be in Afrikaans, English, Sesotho, isiXhosa or isiZulu


Burning Rebellion (South Africa)

“I often hear adults say ‘We need to give the next generation hope.’ I don’t want you to be hopeful…I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I do. I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is.” 

- Greta Thunberg, 15-year-old Climate Activist.

Our Earth is in trouble. Tens of thousands of scientists agree that Climate Change is happening right now. Burning Rebellion is an ecological protest poem that gives voice to a profound sense of injustice, a rightful rage, and a fear of what is to come. Among young people everywhere, a global movement is rising, and their plea? ‘Governments! Politicians! Big Business! ‘Grown Ups’! Let’s fix this mess. Before it’s too late.’

FREE PERFORMANCE

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Well Worn Theatre Company

Director

Joni Barnard AKA Missy PhayaFly

Performance

Lerato Sefoloshe, Sanelisiwe Yekani, Mlindeli Zondi and Jaques De Silva

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Foyer

Tuesday 20 August

17H30

Venue

Guga S’thebe - Amphitheatre

Wednesday 21 August

16H00

Recommended Age
16+ years old

Duration: 30 minutes

Language: English, Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho


Chiffonade (South Africa | France)

Chiffonnade is a dance performance with fabrics as its raw material - fabrics you can touch, crumple up, feel and fold; fabrics you can wear or disguise yourself in and which condition the way other people see us. Pieces of fabric which create new worlds. Chiffonnade evokes emancipation, with the chrysalis of a child growing and growing until she becomes an adult. On stage is a sphere resembling a planet, a single character and a whole host of fabrics. In turn, the fabrics are dance partners and building materials, and they guide the choreographic writing. Growing up means building your own self, learning how to break away and set yourself free.

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Carre Blanc Cie in collaboration with Lulu Mlangeni

Director & Choreographer

Michele Dhallu

Designer

Anne Rabaron

Composer

Eric Mauer

 Performance

Lulu Mlangeni

Venue
Theatre Arts Admin Collective - Main Hall

Wednesday 21 August

10H00

Thursday 22 August

10H00

Friday 23 August

10H00

Duration

30 minutes

Recommended Age

Babies and their caregivers

6 months to 4 years

Language

Non-verbal





Dipalo (South Africa | UK)

DIPUO: It’s an invitation.
She gives it back.
DIPUO: I can’t come.
THEKO: But, it’s a party, here- at God’s House

Contemporary South Africa - Dipuo has always respected her Aunt Mavis, a reputable human rights lawyer. An investigation by Mavis leads her to become friends with Theko, the protégé of a complex, powerful and dangerous Pastor Sam.

Consumed by his own power and wealth, Sam will do anything to stop change in his world. Consequently, it is Dipuo who has to fight for everything

African Play Writing Competition

Scriptwriter

Lalu Mokuku

Ginni Manning

Director

Warona Seane

Venue
Theatre Arts Admin Collective - Main Hall

Tuesday 20 August

10H00

12H00

Venue
Guga S’thebe - Amphitheatre

Wednesday 21 August

17H00

Recommended Age
14+ years old

Duration: 45 minutes

Language: English and isiXhosa


Dream (South Africa)

Dream is a play dedicated to all the missing children in South Africa. It promises to make you cry, and to make you laugh, and to make you do both at the same time. It’s about a girl who goes missing, and how this affects her family and her community, and how it shifts attitudes and relationships as people respond in different ways to the trauma. Although the subject matter sounds heavy, and it is, Dream holds it with a light touch, injecting humanity into a situation that almost doesn’t bear thinking about, particularly for parents.

Find trailer here

Lunchbox Theatre

Lunch Box Theatre

Playwright

Amanda Valela

Director

Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi

Composer

Mncedisi Ncedani

Performance

Mncedisi Ncedani

Amanda Valela

Stuart Palmer

Venue

Guga S’thebe - Dome

Wednesday 21 August

10H00

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Golden Arrow Studio

Friday 23 August

10H00

Saturday 24 August

11H30

Duration

45 minutes

Recommended Age: 12+ Years old

Language

English and isiXhosa

 


Evil (South Africa)

EVIL is the chilling account of the teenage years of Erik Ponti. A victim of an abusive step-father and drawn to petty crime, he is sent to an elite boarding school where bullying is the currency of a violent student council.  Here Erik befriends the gentle, non-violent Pierre and musters the strength and determination to confront the bullies. Voted one of the top plays of the Imaginate Youth Festival in Edinburgh in 2016, EVIL confirms that young people don't just want to be entertained by theatre, they want to be challenged to reflect on the issues that touch their lives. 

 Adapted from Jan Guillou's semi-autobiographical novel "Ondskan" EVIL features the award-winning Jaques de Silva in a riveting solo performance

Find trailer here

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National School of the Arts

Director & Designer

Mike da Silva & Laine Butler

Playwright

Author: Jan Guillou

Adaptation: Benny Haag

Translator: Jens Boutrup

Composer

Nik Sakellarides

Performance

Jaques de Silva

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Golden Arrow Studio

Wednesday 21 August

10H00

Thursday 22 August

10H00

Friday 23 August

11H30

RECOMMENDED AGE
16+ YEARS OLD

Duration
70 minutes

Language
English


Galela (South Africa)

Galela is a story about three best friends who bravely embark on a project to make their town's drinking water safe again. They soon discover, however, that they have waded into hot water and that the problems affecting the town’s river are deeper and murkier than at first glance. Still determined to make a difference and to secure the future of their friends and family, the trio dive in to fix the mess, proving in spectacular fashion that children with the biggest imaginations will save the world.

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Well Worn Theatre Company

Director

Thembela Madliki

Designer

Geoffrey Diver

Stephnie Van Niekerk

Performance

Mlindeli Zondi, Lerato Sefoloshe, Tebogo Machaba

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Golden Arrow Studio

Tuesday 20 August

11H30

Thursday 22 August

12H30

Venue

Guga S’thebe -Amphitheatre

Wednesday 21 August

11H30

RECOMMENDED AGE
FAMILY
8-14 YEARS OLD  

Duration
45 minutes

Language
English, isiZulu and Setswana


Girls will make you blush (Sweden)

Girls will make you blush is a combination of dance and theatre that moves within the minds and bodies of girls during puberty. The becoming of a woman is one of the most important and urgent topics that you can possibly talk about. 

How does society relate to a girl that takes her physical steps out of childhood? Is female sexuality so gentle, fragile and non-existent as they say? Why is menstruation so stigmatized that even in tampon commercials it’s shown as transparent and blue? An energetic, fast-paced and funny performance wherein the voices of young girls are loud, direct and shameless. Direct, disarming and deep into detail with a serious sense of humor.

Find trailer here

Unga Klara

Director

Gustav Deinoff

Playwright

Åsa Lindholm

Performance

Lisette T. Pagler,  Bianca Traum, Maria Salah, Nina Rashid and Rita Lemivaara

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Flipside

Tuesday 20 August

11H30

16H30

RECOMMENDED AGE
13+ YEARS OLD

Duration
70 minutes

Language
English


Hani: the Legacy (South Africa)

The Market Theatre Laboratory presents a Gold-Ovation and Naledi Award Winning celebration of Chris Hani’s life. Inspired by the hit American musical Hamilton, the Hani story is told through the contemporary song form of hip-hop, rap and ballad. Through this fresh form, Chris Hani’s message for the youth is voiced. In an energetic hour-long show filled with song and dance, we grapple with the gap Hani left us and are inspired by how we can use his legacy to move forward. Hani especially appeals to a young audience. It is informative and educational, as well as being an inspiring, robust theatrical experience. 

Find trailer here

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Market Theatre Laboratory

Director

Leila Henriques

Choreographer

Teresa Phuti Mojela

Designer

Kealeaboga Seodigeng

Performance

Mthokozisi Dhludhlu,

Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi,

Rudy Motseatsea,

Boikobo Masibi,

Ncumisa Ndimeni,

Darlington Khoza,

Vusi Nkwenkwezi,

Sibahle Mtimkulu,

Mosie Mamaregane,

Sicelo Buthelezi,

Abby Molz

Tania Mazwi

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Main Theatre

Friday 23  August

13H00

20H00

Saturday 24 August

11H30

20H30

RECOMMENDED AGE
12+ YEARS OLD

Duration
70 minutes

Language
English, Sesotho, Setswana, isiXhosa and isiZulu


HiHaHutBuilders (Netherlands)

In the middle of a blue field with clouds, there’s a … well, what is it actually? Because no one knows what it is, we call it a bed, a mountain, a flat or anything else we can think of. Like the fluttering of a butterfly, the stories emerge. A man and a woman appear. The man looks after the house, the woman looks after the man and the weather provides variety.

de Stilte treats young and old to an imaginative story in an intimate environment. A tiny universe with dew, sun, wind, rain and snow is brought to life, in which the boundaries between audience and dancers gradually become blurred.

Find trailer here

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de Stilte

Director

Jack Timmermans

Choreographer

Jack Timmermans

Jack Gallagher

Designer

Bert Vogels

Composer

Mere Erker

Jeroen van Vliet

Performance

Kaia Vercammen 

Gianmarco Stefanelli 

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Main Theatre

Tuesday 20 August

10H00

18H30

Wednesday 21 August

10H00

RECOMMENDED AGE
2-10 YEARS OLD

Duration
45 minutes

Language

Non-verbal


Lumière ! So jazz (France)

With the intertwining of dance, music, singing and body percussions, Lumière ! So jazz is fundamentally jazz. On stage, the swing reveals a dance full of energy.  Step by step, the light disappears, the dawn is coming. Rainbows and stars appear, and from inside of the house, echoes the sound of a soft blues. In this bright darkness that slowly appears, the eyes hand over to the ears to enjoy jazz music. Is darkness the key to open your mind and let the poetry and your imagination grow?

An exciting show to share with your family.

Find trailer here

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Carre Blanc Cie

Choreographer

Michèle Dhallu

Composer

Lydie Dupuy

Lighting design

Yves-Marie Corfa

Stage design

Coline Vergez

Performers

Lydie Dupuy

Suzel Barbaroux

Stanislas Siwiorek

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Main Theatre

Thursday 22 August

10H00

19H00

Recommended Age
1+ years old

Duration
50 minutes

Language
Non-veral


Lumka (South Africa)

Lumka is a little South African girl whose name means, “be careful”,  but as her mother knows, Lumka is the opposite of cautious.

 Lumka is about to start going to crèche and according to her mother she is growing up, and will no longer need her favourite toy. What her mother doesn’t know is that Monkeybear is her ally in her nightly battles with the scary Igongqongqo.

On the day Lumka’s mum packs Monkeybear away into a box, Lumka realizes that she needs a plan to get her toy back. What ensues is an adventurous journey filled with slightly sticky situations and unexpected friends to help her.

Find trailer here

Inala Theatre in association with Janni Younge Productions

Director & Designer

Janni Younge

Concept & Script

Roshina Ratnam

Janni Younge

Composer

Pedro Espi-Sanchis

Performance

Roshina Ratnam and Asanda Rilityana

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Studio Rehearsal Room

Tuesday 20 August

10H00

11H30

Venue

Guga S’thebe - Theatre

Wednesday 21 August

10H00

Recommended AgE Child 2 - 9 years

Duration

50 minutes

Language

Non-verbal and a little isiXhosa


My True Selves (Sweden)


My True Selves is an interactive classroom play about identity, based on the idea that we do not only have one core, but many. All that we can be as ourselves.

The play is the starting-point for an in-depth conversation about identity and norm-criticism. It has mainly been showcased in classrooms, with interaction with the audience intertwined in the play. The play provides unique opportunities for a genuine encounter and exchange between the audience and the actors, as a group experience as well as on an individual level. It is an ongoing vital platform for a series of highly rewarding encounters with numerous audiences of children and young adults, previously staged in a number of cities around the world including France, Russia and Iraq.
 

Unga Klara

Director

Gustav Deinoff

Playwright

Erik Uddenberg

Performance

Parwin Hoseinia and Yarien Rodriguez

Venue
Guga S’thebe - Theatre

Wednesday 21 August

12H00

Venue

Guga S’thebe - Dome

Wednesday 21 August

12H00

Recommended Age
Family
9-12 years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English


Night/Light (South Africa)

Nina has just woken from a bad dream. Or was it a dream? Either way, she cannot fall back asleep in case it comes back. But it’s bedtime now and the dark is making her feel strange too. How is she going to navigate through this dark night and the nightmare stuck in her head?

 Night/Light uses live music, video projection, shadows, light-play and live performance to explore a night in the life of Nina, a young girl trying to deal with the thoughts and feelings which are haunting her as she lies in bed. The play evokes those moments when we feel alone, afraid of the dark, or going through life changes and unable to express ourselves.

Find trailer here

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Blank Canvas Kollective

Director  & Designer

Tamara Guhrs

Musician

David Cornwell

Performance

Danieyella Rodin

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Golden Arrow Studio

Tuesday 20 August

10H00

Wednesday 21 August

12H30

19H00

Recommended Age
9-12 years old 

Duration
35 - 45 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


On The Run (South Africa)

Sivuyile tells the painful story of a young man who loves cars, loves driving and revels in the power of being behind the wheel. He dreams of owning his own car one day.The dream is powerful and he will do anything and everything to make it a reality, until one day he does the unspeakable. It’s a story about growing up in the townships, about poverty and the lack of possibilities and how scarcity can lead to unexpected results. Engagingly performed by a fresh young talent.

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Thando Doni Productions

Director

Thando Doni

Playwright and Designer

Sivuyile Dunjwa

Performance

Sivuyile Dunjwa

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Golden Arrow Studio

 Friday 23 August

15H00

Saturday 24 August

14H00

Sunday 25 August

13H00

Recommended Age
As of 13+ years-old

Duration
50 minute

Language
English and isiXhosa


PLASTIKA (Botswana / Uganda)

The sound of plastic and song fills the air. A sea of plastic and a land of plastic. Through rustling bags and empty bottles, three performers from Uganda and Botswana explore the malleability of plastic and take pleasure in discovering treasure from trash. Their curiosity leads them into a world of versatility of plastic materials. In song, dance and movement they discover a sea of plastic and a land of plastic. This beautiful production lets the children see plastic in an engaging way.

Find trailer here

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Blac Anthem Theatre Company

Created with the support of Magnet Theatre, Helios Theater and the Goethe- Institut SA

Director

Jennie Reznek & Barbara Kölling

Designer

Puleng Stewart

Performance

Samson Semuto

Linda Nabasa

Zoey Kayendeke

Venue

Magnet Theatre

Friday 23 August

10H00

Saturday 24 August

12H00

Recommended Age
2-7 years old

Duration
30 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Plastocracy (South Africa)

A forlorn creature gathers itself together, slowly rising out of the discarded detritus of humanity. Gaining consciousness and determined to live, it tumbles over the landscape, hurtling downriver and out into the ocean to meet a vast, swirling petrochemical ooze. In its mind a single thought forms: what am I?

Every minute, one refuse truckload of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean. In a world where ‘eco-friendly’ is trendy, we still find ourselves struggling to take responsibility for our planet where it counts. Plastocracy is a sci-fi puppet voyage and exploration of a world of wanton waste, reminding us what it might breed.

#ThereIsNoAway

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Well Worn Theatre Company

Director

Kyla Davis

Puppets

Francois Knoetze

Designer

Stephnie Van Niekerk

Performance

Lerato Sefoloshe, Sanelisiwe Yekani, Danieyella Rodin, Mlindeli Zondi and Jaques De Silva

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Flipside

Saturday 24 August

10H00

Sunday 25 August

11H00

16H00

Recommended Age
10+ years old 

Duration
50 minutes

Language
English and Non-verbal


Rat Race (South Africa)

A pop-up storybook play for the very young about an unlikely friendship between stressed-out city rat Miles and kind, easy-going farm mouse Melissa. It’s a comic play with a gentle eco theme that uses clowning, puppetry, illustrations, live music and physical theatre to tell a colourful 'tail' about Big Changes in Little Lives. The story follows Miles the rat, a Big Cheese in the Big City, who’s hectic lifestyle starts to make him ill. He is ordered (by his Mother!) to go on holiday to the countryside and to RELAX. There he meets Melissa, a strong and capable field mouse (although maybe a little lonely…) who loves the peace and tranquillity of her earthy farm life.

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Well Worn Theatre Company

Director

Kyla Davis

Design

Christelle Van Graan

Performance

Ameera Patel

Roberto Pombo

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Masambe

Saturday 24 August

10H00

14H00

Sunday 25 August

12H00

Recommended Age
4-6 years old

Duration
35 minutes

Language
English 


River & Redfin (South Africa)

River & Redfin is a puppet performance that uses live music, masks and visual performance. The performance is set in the Klein Huis River. This performance celebrates and reclaims the power, mythologies, and significance the river holds for the people and animals of this scenic and fertile part of the Langeberg. 

It brings awareness to the way water has been used to divide the community and people. It also raises the plight of the highly endangered Redfin Minnow, a unique fynbos fish that is only found in the Barrydale region and which is fast disappearing. 


Find trailer here

FREE PERFORMANCE

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Net vir Pret Barrydale in partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and Ukwanda Puppets and Design

Director

Aja Marneweck

Sudonia Kouter

Design

Ukwanda Puppet Company, Herman Witbooi and Clarisa Jonas

Music

Peter Takelo, Gari Crawford and Dylan Hess

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Garden

Saturday 24 August

11H00

15H00

Sunday 25 August

14H00

Recommended Age
Family

Duration
30 minutes

Language
Afrikaans and English


Rockin' Mbokodo (South Africa)

Ritual and rock, song and sound ground this performance. As they jump from stone to stone, four performers remind us of the importance of family, the power of journey, healing and the significance of finding our way home.
 

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Magnet Theatre

Created with the support of Helios Theater and the Goethe-Institut SA

Director

Jennie Reznek

Designer

Asiphe Lili

Performance

Sivenathi Macibela

Luxolo Mboso

Sizwe Ginger Lubengu

Yvonne Msebenzi

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Studio Rehearsal Room

Saturday 24 August

10H00

Sunday 25 August

15H00

Recommended Age
2-7 years old

Duration
45 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Sail Away (South Africa)

A multi-sensory performance for the early years as well as children on the autism spectrum. There are two versions of this production one for early of two years and younger and one for children on the autism spectrum (maximum audience-excluding caregivers 8). The second version will have a basic narrative Search for the Golden Pearl.

  • Thursday 22 August 11h30:

  • Target Audience: Babies 0-30 months with carer

  • Number of Baby and carer groups: 10Number of additional seating on Pillows: 10

  • Number of additional seating on chairs: 15 (the extra seating is for additional adults/accompanying older siblings)

  • Friday 23rd August 11h30:

  • Target Audience: Babies age 0- 30 months with carer

  • Number of Baby and carer groups:: 10

  • Number of additional seating on Pillows: 10

  • Number of additional seating on chairs: 15

  • Friday 23rd August 14h00: Autism version

  • Target Audience: Children on the autism spectrum (no age limit) and carer

  • Number of children and carer groups: 8

  • Number of additional seating on Pillows: 10

  • Number of additional seating on chairs: 15



Storywood Theatre

Production Manager

Alecia Daniels

Director

Margot Wood

Composer

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Nicholas Britell, Aaron Zigman and Joshua Bell

Performance

Margot Wood, Alecia Daniels, Sudisha Rampersad

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Studio Rehearsal Room

Thursday 22 August

11H30

Friday 23 August

11H30

14H00

RECOMMENDED AGE
BABIES TO 2 YEARS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS. THURSDAY & FRIDAY 11H30

CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM AND THEIR CAREGIVERS FRIDAY 14H00       

Duration
45 minutes

Language
Non-verbal  


SH! (South Africa)

Three actors play amongst discarded pieces of newspaper. In the rustling of paper, we find celebration of both sound and silence.

News! News! News! It is everywhere! How do we break away from and engage with a world saturated with news and newspaper? Through minimal set, song and a pile of paper, SH! engages its young audience in evocative and powerful images, connecting both the imaginary and the realities of the world around us.

Find trailer here

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Magnet  Theatre

Created with the support of Helios Theater and the Goethe- Institut SA

Director

Jennie Reznek

Designer

Puleng Stewart

Performance

Sityhilelo Revelations Makupula, Abigail Mei, Siya Gqumehlo

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Studio Rehearsal Room

Saturday 24 August

11H30

Sunday 25 August

13H30

RECOMMENDED AGE
2-7 YEARS OLD

Duration
35 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


The Elephant From an Egg (Germany)

Four performers accompany a little elephant through all stages of life. Again and again he is facing new challenges.

Percussion and German flute, rhythms of life, and melodies slowly seduce the audience from a day-to-day life into a world where an elephant hatches from an egg, a world where dreams can fly. The elephant’s friends support him when he is little, play with him, when he grows up, and once he is bigger than they are, they lean on him. Together they grow, creating so many memories until he has to leave for good. Elephant from the Egg is a piece about growing up, personal development, about changes and friendships that make the impossible work.

Find trailer here

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Ceren Oran

Choreographer

Ceren Oran

Roni Sagi

Designers

Roni Sagi

Christoph Gredler

Composer

Tuncay Acar

Magdalena Kriss

Performance

Ceren Oran 

Roni Sagt 

Tuncay Acar

Magdalena Kriss 

Venue
Magnet Theatre

Thursday 22 August

10H00

11H30

Saturday 24 August

10H00

RECOMMENDED AGE
2-7 YEARS OLD

Duration
45 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


The HA!Man Show (South Africa)

A specialist in spontaneous music making and artistic expression, cellist and multi-instrumentalist Francois le Roux (“HA!Man”) has entertained, bemused, inspired and bowled over many thousands of children and adults the world over, over the past 25 years.

Every performance is different, each moment an intense surprise and each item, whether accompanied by his original electronic creations, or a raw improvisation, becomes a brilliant adventure of a wide array of musical styles and emotive states. Highly interactive and touching on the topic of the creativity shared by all human beings, The HA!Man Show is long remembered and one of a kind.

Find trailer here

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HA!Man Creative Enterprises

Composer

Francois le Roux

Performance

Francois le Roux (HA!Man)

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Concert Hall

Saturday 24 August

10H00

RECOMMENDED AGE

FAMILIES

Duration
60 minutes

Language
Non-verbal, English and Afrikaans


The Mermaid from Zanzibar (South Africa)

The Mermaid from Zanzibar is a musical story-telling show performed by renowned musician and story-teller Pedro Espi Sanchis.  Set in Zanzibar in 1873, when slavery had just been outlawed, the story features an adventurous and very musical mermaid.  When she has to fight for her freedom her friends from land and sea unite to help her.

The show is a celebration of world music with a high degree of audience participation.  Shadow puppetry and projections add an enchanting visual dimension.  The production was substantially developed for a month-long run at the Caixa Forum in Madrid.

Talking Drum Productions

Director & Playwright

Lisa Espi

Designer

Lisa Espi

Pedro Espi Sanchis

Composer

Pedro Espi Sanchis

Performer

Pedro Espi Sanchis

Venue
Theatre Arts Admin Collective - Main Hall

Thursday 22 August

12H00

Friday 23 August

12H00

Saturday 24 August

14H00

RECOMMENDED AGE
4-10 YEARS OLD

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English


The Tree Song (South Africa)

Set in the world of a tree, two friends listen carefully and discover delightful sounds, shapes and journeys. 

 The Tree Song was made for the community of the Carel Du Toit Centre in Cape Town where children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to speak. Aligning our goals with those of the school, we wanted to offer a moment of wonder that children, teachers, therapists and parents could enjoy together. The outcome is a work rooted in the daily practice of the school including working with hearing aids and cochlear implants to locate sound, to linger in sound and to reproduce sound; using a shared experience to explore related vocabulary; and decluttering the environment to allow for absorbing focus. Rooted in the community working with hard of hearing and deaf children, this work is nonetheless accessible to all children and caregivers.


Independent

Director

Kristina Johnstone

Choreographer

Nicola Elliott 

Kristina Johnstone

Designer

Chris Jones

 Performance

Thalia Laric

Julia de Rosenwerth

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre - Studio Rehearsal Room

Friday 23 August

10H00

Saturday 24 August

14H00

16H00

RECOMMENDED AGE
BABIES 4 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Duration
30 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Transform (Botswana | Mozambique)

Out of the dried earth and dust, life remains hidden until the rains come. When they do, the earth transforms into clay and the clay transforms the lives of three friends. Three performers from Mozambique and Botswana invite us to explore this material that keeps on changing and changing.

 The work draws on Mozambican song and Setswana rhythm, bringing together a rich Southern African flavour.  The performance end with interaction between the young audience and the performers.

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Independent

Created with the support of Magnet Theatre, Helios Theater and the Goethe-Institut SA

Director

Jennie Reznek

Barbara Kölling

Designer

Asiphe Lili

Performance

Jessica Lejowa

Buanamade Amade

Yuck Miranda

Venue

Magnet Theatre

Friday 23 August

11H30

Saturday 24 August

14H30

Recommended Age
2-7 years old

Duration
30 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Vukani: Heritage Project (South Africa)

In this site-specific work inspired by archival material from the Dompas Museum which is housed in the buildings of the Apartheid era pass office and the commissioner’s court in Langa, oral storytelling and physical theatre are used to inspire young people to become curious about how the past impacts the present. Participatory in its approach, the audience and the performers wake history up in an imaginatively conceived and staged production which challenges their notions of what theatre is, moving away from predictable, realistic modes to a more evocative and imaginative engagement. 

“We are writing our future, contesting our past, challenging and questioning it. We’re connecting with our personal archives, thinking of our own identity, what it means to be human. Vukani is about Identity, heritage, remembering, waking up...”

Assitej SA Heritage project

Director and Designer

Nwabisa Plaaitjie

Performance

Sihle Mnqwazana

Zizipho Quluba 

Venue

Guga S’thebe - Dompas Museum

Wednesday 21 August

11H30

13H00

15H00

RECOMMENDED AGE
12+ YEARS OLD

Duration
45 minute

Language
English and isiXhosa


Warona (South Africa)

Warona grapples with “questions of street justice and community responses to drug culture in the Western Cape. As children are placed under threat, so families seek to create alternative pathways for the next generation.”  Ukwanda Puppets and Design was trained by and is mentored by Handspring Puppet Company they are currently the resident company of the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. 

  • Warona: Silver Ovation Award Winner at the National Arts Festival 2019 in Makhanda (Grahamstown).

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Ukwanda Puppets and Design

Director

Thando Doni

Puppet Direction

Craig Leo

Performance

Sipho Ngxola, Luyanda Nogodlwana, Siphokazi Mpofu, Sipho Mahlatshana, Asanda Rilityana , Mandiseli Maseti. 

Venue

Theatre Arts Admin Collective - Main Hall

Friday 23 August

15H00

19H00

Recommended Age
14+ years old

Duration
1 Hour

Language
English & isiXhosa


X (Sweden)

X is a documentary and fictional play about how the present in Sweden is tied-up with and conditioned by a colonial and racist history.

Indifference and acts of exclusion are inherited and carried out in the present, as X approaches perhaps the most urgent issue of our time: How do we live together? With humor, pain and grief, we shake and confront the habitual vision of the world.  

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Unga Klara

Director

Farnaz Arbabi

Composer

Foad Arbabi

Performance

Bianca Traum, David Nzinga, Joel Mauricio Isabel Ortiz, Klas Lagerlund, Lisette T. Pagler, Maria Salah, Nina Rashid, Rita Lemivaara and Sakib Zabbar

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre - Flipside

Wednesday 21 August

19H00

Thursday 22 August

11H30

Recommended Age
14+ years old

Duration
2 hours (including 20 minutes break)

Language
Swedish and English